By Craig Bohnert | March 19, 2016, 3:41 p.m. (ET)
Kendall Coyne skates before taking on Finland during the women's ice hockey preliminary round Group A game at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena on Feb. 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.


Kendall Coyne, a member of the silver-medal-winning women’s ice hockey team at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, considered the Heisman Trophy of collegiate women’s hockey.

Coyne, a senior forward at Northeastern University, was selected from a trio of finalists that included senior forward Alex Carpenter of Boston College and junior goalkeeper Ann-Renee Desbiens of Wisconsin.

The award is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey by the USA Hockey Foundation. Past recipients include Olympians Angela Ruggiero (2004) and Julie Chu (2007). The presentation took place in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four in New Castle, New Hampshire.

The Hockey East Player of the Year and a first-team all-American, Coyne led the NCAA with in five categories this season: goals (50), goals per game (1.35), points per game (2.27), shorthanded goals (5) and hat tricks (5). She was second in the nation in points with 84.

She rewrote six Hockey East records this season, including career records for points (167), goals (91). A seven-time conference player of the week, she was named WHEA Player of the Month three times.

Representing the United States in international play, Coyne has been part of three world championship teams and earned three golds (2011, 2013, 2015) and a silver (2012). She also medaled at three U-18 world championships (gold in 2008 and 2009, silver 2010). She has played in five Four Nations Cups, collecting three golds (2011, 2012, 2015), two silvers (2010, 2014) and a bronze (2013).

In addition to her athletic achievements, Coyne is active in the community, volunteering her time to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Cradles to Crayons, Bonnie’s Foundation, the Julie Foundation, the YMCA, Chicago Blackhawks Youth Hockey camps and Chicago area schools.